Politicians go Postal

Politics!  At least somebody is now looking at the USPS (US Postal Service) issues – but probably with the wrong lens.  What is missing is how will the USPS chart a path to profits?  USPS is completely upside down.  In previous weeks, I have detailed the USPS’s plight and the claimed need for investing over $200 per man woman and child in the U.S. to right the ship.  I suspect nothing more will come other than “service must increase and don’t worry about the losses".
   
More postal thinking.  Phillips 66 plans to transform a San Francisco-area oil refinery into a plant that produces a bio-diesel.  Renewable (bio)-diesel generally isn’t economical to produce without government incentives, and demand is small.  But losing refinery capacity, especially on the West Coast, is not a good thing for trucking.  Less capacity hurts when there is a disruption at another facility.  Just as we see the closure of fossil-fuel electric plants in favor of solar and wind causing the current power cuts in California, the push to “green” diesel fuel is likely to hurt diesel supplies in tough times.